Pindar Van Arman
Pindar Van Arman’s robot painting with deep learning neural networks, artificial intelligence, feedback loops and computational creativity
Pindar Van Arman is an American artist and roboticist who designs painting robots that explore the differences between human and computational creativity. Since his first system in 2005 he has built multiple artificially creative robots earning multiple accolades including a TEDx Talk, making the Shortlist at Barbican’s DevArt Competition, and First Prize in the Robot Art 2018.
Hi favorite review of his journey came when Pulitzer Prize winning art critic Jerry Saltz said that work by the robot “doesn’t look like a computer made it.”
Seeing how simple my children’s art was, I wondered if I could teach their creative process to a painting robot. My attempts, failures and successes led to a 15-year journey of artistic discovery that revealed profound insights into how my own mind worked.
While I use artificial intelligence to control robots that paint with a brush on canvas, my art is not the actual paintings. The paintings are merely a record of the progress that I am making towards my ultimate goal, which is the complete deconstruction of my creative process. Oddly, I feel no closer to an understanding than I when I began fifteen years ago. Despite this I look forward to continuing this journey and following it wherever it leads.
My machines have grown beyond being simple assistants and are now effectively augmenting my own creativity, as well as having creativity of their own. They have become a generative AI art system so sophisticated, that it has forced me to consider the possibility that all art is generative.
Pindar Van Arman